Conor McGregor 'crazy motivated' as he trains in Portugal ahead of UFC return and wants to break PPV record

CONOR McGREGOR is 'crazy motivated' as he trains in Portugal ahead of his return and wants to break the UFC pay-per-view record.

The Irishman is on the verge on confirming his comeback having been offered a January 23 headliner against Dustin Poirier.

To prepare for the fight, the 32-year-old is renting a £10,000-a-week luxury villa in the Algarve.

He is joined by his fiancée Dee Devilin as well as their two children Conor Jr and Croia.

But it has not stopped him from focussing on his fighting future, having continued his training and sparring abroad.

According to Insider, a source in the McGregor camp said: "He is focused as hell [and] crazy motivated."

And he is also on a mission to break the 2.4million PPV's sold when he lost to arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, in 2018.

The source said: "There's a pay-per-view record to beat."

McGregor last fought in January knocking out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone but saw his plan of three fights this year crushed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite announcing a sudden retirement in June, as he grew frustrated on the sidelines, the southpaw star has all-but confirmed his comeback.

McGregor wrote on Instagram: "I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again.

"I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry.

"Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel."

McGregor KO'd Poirier, 31, in round one at featherweight in 2014.

But since then, the American has rejuvenated his career at lightweight, losing just once in his last six fights.

The defeat came against champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, last year.

Unbeaten Khabib leaves the division up in the air after his own shock retirement following a submission win over Justin Gaethje, 31, at UFC 254.

White revealed Nurmagomedov will hold on to his belt for now, believing he will return for a 30th and final fight.

It denies McGregor an immediate title shot, as he appears set to main-event UFC 257 with Poirier on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

But UFC president White stressed there are still several hurdles to overcome before announcing that his biggest star is coming back.

He told ESPN: “Nothing is done yet.

"January 23 on Fight Island if everything goes according to plans. There are a ton of if's right now.

"I have to see where the world is in the next couple of months."

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